Photo: MLA Patt Pimm handed announced provincial grant funding for 12 groups in the Peace River North area./Kimberley Molina
Some local community groups got a push with the announcement of provincial government gaming grants.
Pat Pimm announced that $244,423 would be split between 12 groups that serve the Peace River North area.
Included within the organizations that received funding are the Stage North Theatre Society, the Peace Passage Skating Club, and the North Peace Gymnastics Association.
The MLA for Peace River North says the grant funding focus for this part of the year was given mostly to groups with a focus on arts, culture, and sports but he does not know what other groups may get during the next round of provincial grants.
According to Pimm, it is up to the Ministry of Housing and Social Development to review each grant application and determine the amount to be given to each organization.
The Chances Casino is also a source of additional funding for the City of Fort St. John that could be used towards different programs, he said, but added that although the City does get around 10 per cent of the casino’s revenue, the rest goes to the province to be redistributed.
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Although not every group received funding or the amount applied for, Pimm says he hopes to work with these groups, try to address their concerns, and potentially find out the reasoning behind specific decisions made by the ministry. However, Pimm added that groups should not rely solely on this funding.
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Pimm says some groups are already not going to receive large amounts of funding. Adult sports and theatre programs are two groups that will see any funding either dramatically reduced or disappear completely.
The organizations that received grants are:
Fort St. John Metis Society: $2,708
Stage North Theatre Society: $6,875
North Peace Junior Hockey Club: $8,020.83
Fort St. John Recreational & Speed Skating Club: $10,312.50
North Peace Historical Society: $10,500
Fort St. John Stingray Swim Club: $12,333
Peace Passage Skating Club: $14,166.67
Northern Dance Theatre Society: $14,583
Fort St. John Inconnu Swim Club: $19,833
Fort St. John Figure Skating Club: $34,625
North Peace Gymnastics Association: $38,883
Fort St. John Minor Hockey Association: $71,583